The brute force algorithm consists in checking, at all positions in the text between 0 and n-m, whether an occurrence of the pattern starts there or not. Then, after each attempt, it shifts the pattern by exactly one position to the right.
The brute force algorithm requires no preprocessing phase, and a constant extra space in addition to the pattern and the text. During the searching phase the text character comparisons can be done in any order. The time complexity of this searching phase is O(mn) (when searching for am-1b in an for instance). The expected number of text character comparisons is 2n.
- no preprocessing phase;
- constant extra space needed;
- always shifts the window by exactly 1 position to the right;
- comparisons can be done in any order;
- searching phase in O(mn) time complexity;
- 2n expected text characters comparisons.